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  • Expert panel to review Australia’s education qualifications framework
    Posted on 27 June 2018 | 6:15 am

    Wednesday 27 June 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills The Turnbull Government has announced the members of an expert panel to review Australia’s Qualifications Framework (AQF) to ensure it continues to...[ Read more ]

  • Confidence grows for the future in manufacturing and VET
    Posted on 26 June 2018 | 9:00 am

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Today’s National Manufacturing Summit has shone a spotlight on the role the vocational education and training system plays in supporting the future of the manufacturing sector in Australia.   “Australia’s manufacturing industry...[ Read more ]

  • National Manufacturing Summit, Parliament House
    Posted on 26 June 2018 | 5:30 am

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 Transcript The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson Tuesday 26 June 2018, 4:30pm Note: The following has not been checked against delivery.   I would like to acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the...[ Read more ]

  • Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Roundtable
    Posted on 25 June 2018 | 4:15 am

    Monday 25 June 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors gathered today at Parliament House for a roundtable event to share their experiences in the vocational education and training sector. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education...[ Read more ]

  • Strengthening Australia’s VET sector
    Posted on 22 June 2018 | 6:15 am

    Friday 22 June 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson The Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring the regulation of Australia’s vocational education and training system remains strong and strengthens the outcomes for students and businesses. Assistant Minister...[ Read more ]

  • Australia’s Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN)
    Posted on 21 June 2018 | 12:45 am

    Thursday 21 June 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews MP, has called on Australians to have their say on the future of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. Minister...[ Read more ]

  • VET sector prepares workers for the jobs of tomorrow
    Posted on 20 June 2018 | 6:00 am

    Wednesday 20 June 2018 News The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson When it comes to delivering high-quality training that aligns with the needs of industry, few nations perform better than Australia. In fact, many countries look to Australia as an...[ Read more ]

  • Supporting Australian VET students and the workers of the future
    Posted on 19 June 2018 | 7:15 am

    Tuesday 19 June 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills The revitalisation of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector is underway and hundreds of thousands of young Australians are going to benefit, including those attending TAFE institutions around the country. Assistant...[ Read more ]

  • New focus on apprenticeships and traineeships as opportunities grow
    Posted on 14 June 2018 | 2:00 am

    Thursday 14 June 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson New South Wales is poised to drive growth in apprenticeship and traineeship numbers, with areas of high demand like the construction industry, food services, and allied health likely...[ Read more ]

  • Group Training - a leading voice in the future of VET
    Posted on 14 June 2018 | 12:00 am

    Thursday 14 June 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills The ongoing role of Group Training Organisations (GTOs) in revitalising the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) has been a focus at the 2018 Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT Skills Conference...[ Read more ]

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  • Interview on 3AW Drive with Tom Elliott
    Posted on 9 July 2018 | 6:15 am

    Monday 9 July 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Specialised STEM teachers 09/07/2018   Tom Elliott:      So the federal government has announced today that every high school in the country must now employ science and maths teachers who have actually studied these disciplines and qualified in...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC Radio Sydney Focus with Cassie McCullagh
    Posted on 9 July 2018 | 6:00 am

    Monday 9 July 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for South Australia E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Specialised STEM teachers 09/07/2018 10:33AM Cassie McCullagh:      Well, if you’ve noticed less traffic on the road as you’re battling around Sydney...[ Read more ]

  • Doorstop interview, Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association
    Posted on 9 July 2018 | 5:45 am

    Monday 9 July 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for South Australia E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Specialised STEM teachers 09/07/2018 10:00am Simon Birmingham:    Good morning everybody and thanks so much for coming along. I’m thrilled to...[ Read more ]

  • Address at the Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (CONASTA)
    Posted on 9 July 2018 | 5:45 am

    Monday 9 July 2018 Speech Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham   E&OE TRANSCRIPT 09/07/2018 09:30am Simon Birmingham:     Thanks so much, Geoff [Quinton], for that welcome and I acknowledge you as the President of ASTA. Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of Science at the University of Sydney. ASTA CEO, Vic Dobos. Margaret...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on 5AA Mornings with Graeme Goodings
    Posted on 9 July 2018 | 2:15 am

    Monday 9 July 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for South Australia E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Specialised STEM teachers 09/07/2018 09:11AM Graeme Goodings:       Now, I’ve got a confession to make, among many: I was never a great...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on Channel 9 Today with Deborah Knight
    Posted on 9 July 2018 | 12:00 am

    Monday 9 July 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for South Australia E&OE TRANSCRIPT  Topics: Specialised STEM teachers, Super Saturday by-elections 09/07/2018 08:06 AM Deborah Knight:          A major overhaul could be on the way for our...[ Read more ]

  • Press conference, Adelaide
    Posted on 6 July 2018 | 5:15 am

    Friday 6 July 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Review into how socio-economic status (SES) scores are calculated for non-government schools; Jenny Macklin; Upcoming by-elections 06/07/2018 10:30AM Simon Birmingham:     Well, thanks very much for coming. A little over 12 months ago,...[ Read more ]

  • 2019 NEW COLOMBO PLAN MOBILITY GRANTS
    Posted on 6 July 2018 | 5:00 am

    Friday 6 July 2018 Media Release The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training Today we announce the successful applicants for the 2019 New Colombo Plan Mobility Program, supporting the Australian Government’s commitment to deepen two-way engagement between Australia...[ Read more ]

  • Independent review of the socio-economic status score methodology
    Posted on 5 July 2018 | 10:45 pm

    Friday 6 July 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for South Australia I am pleased to release the report of the independent review into how socio-economic status (SES) scores are calculated for non-government schools, which...[ Read more ]

  • Doorstop with Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence and Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training
    Posted on 2 July 2018 | 5:15 am

    Monday 2 July 2018 Transcript The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Prime Minister Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training Subjects: Child care reforms, GST, Newspoll, Karel Dubsky. E&OE SENATOR THE HON. MARISE PAYNE, MINISTER FOR DEFENCE: Good morning ladies and gentlemen and it’s fabulous to be here...[ Read more ]

  • Latest news from Home Affairs

  • Depot and Warehouse Licence Renewals
    Posted on 12 July 2018 | 10:46 pm

    Unpaid Depot & Warehouse licence renewal invoices are now considered overdue.Warehouses with unpaid licence fees require immediate payment or are at risk of suspension. Fees must be paid within twenty-eight days of the date on which they become payable.Please Note -All depot licence fees must be paid before the end...[ Read more ]

  • REMINDER - EXTENDED OUTAGE TO THE ICS - 3 JULY 2018
    Posted on 3 July 2018 | 3:38 am

    A hardware refresh is required to be undertaken at the Baulkham Hills Data Centre and will require an outage to the ICS between 23:00 AEST Tuesday 03 July and 05:00 AEST Wednesday 04 July 2018.Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours.

  • GST ON LOW VALUE IMPORTED GOODS
    Posted on 2 July 2018 | 4:28 am

    From 1st July 2018, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) may apply to goods with a customs value of $1,000 or less (low value goods) when imported from overseas by consumers in Australia.Vendors, including merchants, electronic distribution platforms (EDPs) or re-deliverers, that meet GST registration requirements will be required to...[ Read more ]

  • EFT PAYMENTS & EFT PAYMENT REPORTS - 2 JULY 2018
    Posted on 2 July 2018 | 4:18 am

    ​The EFT Bank Run due to have occurred at midday today (Monday 2 July 2018) to include all payments submitted since midday Friday 29 June has not processed.Subsequently tomorrow's Bank Run will now include all payments submitted since midday Friday until midday tomorrow (Tuesday 3 July).Due to the above, EFT payment reports will...[ Read more ]

  • RENEWAL OF CUSTOMS BROKER LICENCES – REMINDER
    Posted on 18 June 2018 | 1:49 am

    As detailed in DIBP Notice No. 2017/38 all customs broker licences will expire on 30 June 2018. This includes Corporate, Nominee and Sole Trader licences. Current records indicate that there are still a number of licences that have not been renewed.It is recommended that renewals are paid, associated documentation completed...[ Read more ]

  • ICS EFT REPORTS - THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018
    Posted on 7 June 2018 | 6:04 am

    Due to the delayed Bank Run today the EFT Reports will not be available at their normal time.Australian Border Force apologises for any inconvenience caused.

  • EFT PAYMENTS - THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018
    Posted on 7 June 2018 | 4:02 am

    The Bank Run for today has been delayed. Deductions are still expected to occur as per normal however will be processed slightly later this afternoon.If any amendment to the above information is required a further announcement will be made.Australian Border Force apologises for any inconvenience caused.

  • UPCOMING EXTENDED OUTAGE TO THE ICS - TUESDAY 03 JULY 2018
    Posted on 4 June 2018 | 10:40 pm

    A hardware refresh is required to be undertaken at the Baulkham Hills Data Centre and will require an outage to the ICS between 23:00 AEST Tuesday 03 July and 05:00 AEST Wednesday 04 July 2018.Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours.

  • RENEWAL OF CUSTOMS BROKER LICENSES – REFER DIBP NOTICE NO.2017/38
    Posted on 4 June 2018 | 6:33 am

    ​As detailed in DIBP Notice No. 2017/38 all customs broker licenses will expire on 30 June 2018.It is recommended that renewals are paid, completed and returned as soon as possible to assist with the process. Ideally all licence renewals should be completed and lodged no later than 22 June, although...[ Read more ]

  • DEPOT & WAREHOUSE LICENCE RENEWALS
    Posted on 4 June 2018 | 6:26 am

    ​Depot & Warehouse licence renewal invoices have been sent to the respective licensed establishments for payment. If you haven’t received your licence renewal invoice please contact National Depot & Warehouse Licensing, at licensingrenewals@homeaffairs.gov.au. Please note: - All warehouse licence fees must be paid within twenty-eight days of the date on which...[ Read more ]